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Weekend Box-Office: December 24-26, 2010

Dec. 26, 2010by: Mike Sampson


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Terrible reviews can't stop The Fockers

Despite a Rotten Tomatoes rating that was somehow less than both YOGI BEAR and GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, the third Focker movie, LITTLE FOCKERS, opened in the #1 slot over the Christmas weekend with $34 million. Add to that the box-office from Wednesday and Thursday and the film has made $48.3 million in five days. It was enough to get win the weekend but an otherwise soft performance below expectations from the studio (MEET THE FOCKERS opened to $46 million in three days).

While you might wonder why so many people saw a movie so many people thought was so bad, take heart in knowing that a lot of people saw TRUE GRIT, a movie many people thought was very good. The western brought in $25.6 million this weekend, well-surpassing expectations and giving Joel and Ethan Coen their biggest ever opening weekend.

While the above-average returns were great news for Jeff Bridges, it was also bad news for Jeff Bridges as TRON: LEGACY, which was expected to finish in 2nd place, dropped to third with a $20.1 million take. For what it's worth, TRON did perform strongly throughout the week and has $88 million in 10 days of release.

While TRON may not be performing as well as Disney had hoped, it's nothing compared to the disappointment of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. The Fox-released fantasy film with a budget of over $100 million brought in a paltry $7.2 million and didn't even finish in the Top 5 (it eventually landed in 7th place), despite the added 3D ticket prices.

In limited release, BLACK SWAN continues to impress bringing in $6.6 million in less than 1500 theaters and almost beat out GULLIVER'S (which would've been a huge embarrassment for Fox). THE KING'S SPEECH also had a strong performance with $4.6 million in just 700 theaters.

Next weekend is another holiday weekend but New Years is a wasteland as far as new releases go. Only the Weinstein Co.'s BLUE VALENTINE is hitting theaters in a limited release. So do you think FOCKERS can hold strong or will bad word of mouth drag it down? Can Oscar contenders TRUE GRIT or BLACK SWAN power their way to the top? VOTE NOW!!!

1. Little Fockers $ 34 Million $ 48.3 Million
2. True Grit $ 25.6 Million $ 36.8 Million
3. Tron: Legacy $ 20.1 Million $ 88.3 Million
4. Chronicles of Narnia $ 10.8 Million $ 63.9 Million
5. Yogi Bear $ 8.8 Million $ 36.8 Million
6. The Fighter $ 8.5 Million $ 27.6 Million
7. Gulliver's Travels $ 7.2 Million
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8. Black Swan $ 6.6 Million $ 29 Million
9. Tangled $ 6.5 Million $ 143.8 Million
10. The Tourist $ 5.7 Million $ 41.2 Million

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12:02AM on 12/29/2010
Middle america doesn't want a gritty drama about the loneliness of the old west. They want a mindless comedy which diverts them from the rigors of daily life.

And that sucks. For them, and for us.
Middle america doesn't want a gritty drama about the loneliness of the old west. They want a mindless comedy which diverts them from the rigors of daily life.

And that sucks. For them, and for us.
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5:56PM on 12/27/2010
I guess westerns just don't have the power they once had. I'm not a fan of them, but I liked True Grit. It's sad that people would go see an awful movie (I'm just assuming it's pretty awful) like Fockers over a fantastic movie like True Grit. Yeah, a lot of people saw it, but the fact that more people saw Fockers is just sad. Not unexpected, but sad.
I guess westerns just don't have the power they once had. I'm not a fan of them, but I liked True Grit. It's sad that people would go see an awful movie (I'm just assuming it's pretty awful) like Fockers over a fantastic movie like True Grit. Yeah, a lot of people saw it, but the fact that more people saw Fockers is just sad. Not unexpected, but sad.
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1:10PM on 12/27/2010
Tron was pretty, I've heard nothing but great things about True Grit, but this makes number one? :Begins to vomit.:
Tron was pretty, I've heard nothing but great things about True Grit, but this makes number one? :Begins to vomit.:
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5:46AM on 12/27/2010
fock my life :(
fock my life :(
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2:47AM on 12/27/2010
I am glad "Ture Grit" and "Black Swan" are doing so well! They are both excellence!!
I am glad "Ture Grit" and "Black Swan" are doing so well! They are both excellence!!
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2:34AM on 12/27/2010
Saw True Grit tonight, so worth my money. Great acting all around!
Saw True Grit tonight, so worth my money. Great acting all around!
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2:08AM on 12/27/2010
this is so focked up!
this is so focked up!
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12:33AM on 12/27/2010

I'm so glad....

that Guliver's Travels did so bad. Jack Black is a no talent.
that Guliver's Travels did so bad. Jack Black is a no talent.
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12:08AM on 12/27/2010

just saw tron

and i gotta say it was pretty awesome. it's no oscar winner but it's a visual trip. I didn't expect Jeff Bridges to go all Dude on me but it was pretty funny.
and i gotta say it was pretty awesome. it's no oscar winner but it's a visual trip. I didn't expect Jeff Bridges to go all Dude on me but it was pretty funny.
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10:25PM on 12/26/2010
This is fockin' awesome. Can't wait to see "True Grit", "The Fighter", and "Black Swan." Not necessarily in that order.
This is fockin' awesome. Can't wait to see "True Grit", "The Fighter", and "Black Swan." Not necessarily in that order.
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7:57PM on 12/26/2010
The Movies in the Even Spots are the ones to go see. Good to see Tron dropping like a expired technology. The only thing it had going for it was Olivia Wilde's poster!
The Movies in the Even Spots are the ones to go see. Good to see Tron dropping like a expired technology. The only thing it had going for it was Olivia Wilde's poster!
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8:56PM on 12/26/2010
Narnia and The Tourist? Are you on crack? Tron was better than both combined. Jesus...
Narnia and The Tourist? Are you on crack? Tron was better than both combined. Jesus...
4:37AM on 12/27/2010
I was talking about True Grit, The Fighter, and Black Swan primarly. I am sure Tron is better then those 2, but it just didn't appeal to me.
I was talking about True Grit, The Fighter, and Black Swan primarly. I am sure Tron is better then those 2, but it just didn't appeal to me.
7:13PM on 12/26/2010

With the mediocre peformance of Yogi Bear

And Gulliver's Travels bombing, I think kids are starting to wise up and realize, "Ya know, this is actually really stupid."
And Gulliver's Travels bombing, I think kids are starting to wise up and realize, "Ya know, this is actually really stupid."
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5:48AM on 12/27/2010
i hope so. and LMAO at your avatar XD
i hope so. and LMAO at your avatar XD
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3:49PM on 12/26/2010
people like shitty comedies go figure.
people like shitty comedies go figure.
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3:32PM on 12/26/2010
Happy that True Grit did well and Gulliver's Travels tanked.
Happy that True Grit did well and Gulliver's Travels tanked.
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3:31PM on 12/26/2010
Gullivers Travels got what is deserved, that looked terrible. Maybe kids might like it but otherwise it looked horrible.
Tron is still doing well, and pumping in solids midweek numbers.
Gullivers Travels got what is deserved, that looked terrible. Maybe kids might like it but otherwise it looked horrible.
Tron is still doing well, and pumping in solids midweek numbers.
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2:54PM on 12/26/2010
Glad to see True Grit do well but I have to say when I looked at this years releases about this time last year Nov/Dec left me cold and it doesn't surprise me most have done poorly,thank god the same can't be said for next year which will get me back into the cinema.
Glad to see True Grit do well but I have to say when I looked at this years releases about this time last year Nov/Dec left me cold and it doesn't surprise me most have done poorly,thank god the same can't be said for next year which will get me back into the cinema.
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2:35PM on 12/26/2010

What?

People in the country waisted $34mill this weekend on Fockers. I see why everyone in the world hates the U.S. So many stupid people.
Saw True Grit on Christmas, that was an awesome movie, I loved how is stayed closer to the book then the Wayne film, but really both are great movies.
At least Gulliver's Travels did not surprise me. Maybe Hollywood will finally put Jack Black back where he belongs. In supportive rolls (where hopefully he dies) and back working on another Tenacious D
People in the country waisted $34mill this weekend on Fockers. I see why everyone in the world hates the U.S. So many stupid people.
Saw True Grit on Christmas, that was an awesome movie, I loved how is stayed closer to the book then the Wayne film, but really both are great movies.
At least Gulliver's Travels did not surprise me. Maybe Hollywood will finally put Jack Black back where he belongs. In supportive rolls (where hopefully he dies) and back working on another Tenacious D album.
Lastly, don't worry about Tron, most intelligent people new that it would not break in records in the theaters. This is a movie that was built to go wild in the home market.

Oh before the haters start to make their BS comments, I love my Country, just not all the dumbasses that fill it.
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9:48AM on 12/27/2010
To start with, anyone who pre-assigns their detractors with dismissive, idiotic titles like "haters" isn't bringing much intelligence themselves.

Secondly, how dare a majority of this weekend's theater patrons decide on a movie that a more engaged viewer might know better to avoid? For fuck's sake, it was the holiday weekend; lots of people went with their families, and just because they chose Fockers doesn't count as a nationwide consensus that it was a great film. Not everyone is like
To start with, anyone who pre-assigns their detractors with dismissive, idiotic titles like "haters" isn't bringing much intelligence themselves.

Secondly, how dare a majority of this weekend's theater patrons decide on a movie that a more engaged viewer might know better to avoid? For fuck's sake, it was the holiday weekend; lots of people went with their families, and just because they chose Fockers doesn't count as a nationwide consensus that it was a great film. Not everyone is like us. Some people think of going to the movies first and what to settle for second. Don't belittle them for it. It certainly wouldn't be fair as you afford them no credit for ignoring Gulliver's Travels.

So there's my BS comment to suit your BS post I can't believe at least 8 people got behind. And just because I can't let it slide, if you're going to condescend intellectually, at least spell "knew" correctly. Have a great week.
1:46PM on 12/27/2010
Balgaroo.. You're a dick
Balgaroo.. You're a dick
2:35PM on 12/26/2010
I hope people don't start saying things like, "I knew TRON would bomb!" just because it's in third place this week. $20 million is still a lot of money for a second weekend and, even if it's not performing as well as Disney would have LIKED, it's doing just fine. So glad that TRUE GRIT did so well, so unexpected but it completely deserves it. GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, however... If any film deserved to bomb, it's this one. Even on paper it sounded like a bad idea, and in execution it looks even
I hope people don't start saying things like, "I knew TRON would bomb!" just because it's in third place this week. $20 million is still a lot of money for a second weekend and, even if it's not performing as well as Disney would have LIKED, it's doing just fine. So glad that TRUE GRIT did so well, so unexpected but it completely deserves it. GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, however... If any film deserved to bomb, it's this one. Even on paper it sounded like a bad idea, and in execution it looks even worse. Remember, also, that Fox forced Emily Blunt to turn down the Black Widow role in IRON MAN 2 to star in their piece of shit because of a contract she had with the studio. Imagine how pissed SHE is.
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2:13PM on 12/26/2010
i actually liked the other 2 fockers, havent seen this one yet, but i plan to, and from what ive seen, ill probably like this one aswell :D
i actually liked the other 2 fockers, havent seen this one yet, but i plan to, and from what ive seen, ill probably like this one aswell :D
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1:36PM on 12/26/2010
I've never been able to understand why people put so much stock in other people's opinions. I'm so utterly sick and tired of hearing about Rotten Tomatoes I could just puke. Because some people say they think a movie is bad, that's supposed to make everyone stop and go "well gee, a "critic" said they didn't like it, I'd better skip it?" If people want to see something, they'll go and see it. Big numbers are often the result of repeat business too. Critics seem to exist for the sole purpose of
I've never been able to understand why people put so much stock in other people's opinions. I'm so utterly sick and tired of hearing about Rotten Tomatoes I could just puke. Because some people say they think a movie is bad, that's supposed to make everyone stop and go "well gee, a "critic" said they didn't like it, I'd better skip it?" If people want to see something, they'll go and see it. Big numbers are often the result of repeat business too. Critics seem to exist for the sole purpose of thinking for those who can't think for themselves.
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2:02PM on 12/26/2010
so you liked little fockers?
so you liked little fockers?
2:11PM on 12/26/2010
i agree with you 100%
well said :P
i agree with you 100%
well said :P
7:13PM on 12/26/2010
Opinions are like assholes, everybodies got one and the usually stink. If critics determined box office results movies like Transformers 2 would tank. More often than not when a movie commercial begins with "critics agree" or "critics are raving about" it means absolutely nothing to the box office returns. The truth is most people go to movies to shut their brains off for an hour or two, and just be entertained. Their not looking for anything deep, or thought provoking, just maybe a laugh or
Opinions are like assholes, everybodies got one and the usually stink. If critics determined box office results movies like Transformers 2 would tank. More often than not when a movie commercial begins with "critics agree" or "critics are raving about" it means absolutely nothing to the box office returns. The truth is most people go to movies to shut their brains off for an hour or two, and just be entertained. Their not looking for anything deep, or thought provoking, just maybe a laugh or two and thats it. Little Fockers is exactly that kind of movie, something to see with the family.
7:24PM on 12/26/2010
Good critics (and I'll admit there are plenty of online hacks) have a much broader exposure to films than the average movie goer. Someone who has seen thousands of films from all eras & languages is going to have a richer, more credible opinion by default.

If 100 critics on Rotten Tomatoes think a movie sucks, then 9 out of 10 times it does. In the past 6 years only once did I think critics on the whole totally missed the mark and that was with the hugely overrated 'Indy 4' (77%
Good critics (and I'll admit there are plenty of online hacks) have a much broader exposure to films than the average movie goer. Someone who has seen thousands of films from all eras & languages is going to have a richer, more credible opinion by default.

If 100 critics on Rotten Tomatoes think a movie sucks, then 9 out of 10 times it does. In the past 6 years only once did I think critics on the whole totally missed the mark and that was with the hugely overrated 'Indy 4' (77% RT).

There's been an incredibly hypocritical argument over the past decade about the relevance of movie critics. On one hand, when a movie like 'Transformers 2' makes bank, all you hear is that critics don't matter anymore. Then when a movie like 'The Tourist' bombs, the fact it was critically lambasted is at the top of every article.

At the end of day, movie critics are just another opinion in an era where everyone has an opinion, and can easily post it online. I don't, however, believe it's fair to say they exist just for people "who can't think for themselves." That's insultingly ignorant.
8:01PM on 12/26/2010
As box office has shown, time and time again critics opinions don't hurt box office numbers one bit. Critics opinions neither stop people from seeing bad movies, or make good movies do good business, and hollywood is a business above all else. A critics scathing review of a movie is not going to stop the average movie going public from seeing it if they want to. Let me ask you this, do you take a critics word as the final say, or do you form your own opinion upon viewing a movie for yourself? I
As box office has shown, time and time again critics opinions don't hurt box office numbers one bit. Critics opinions neither stop people from seeing bad movies, or make good movies do good business, and hollywood is a business above all else. A critics scathing review of a movie is not going to stop the average movie going public from seeing it if they want to. Let me ask you this, do you take a critics word as the final say, or do you form your own opinion upon viewing a movie for yourself? I don't need somebody to tell me if I do, or don't like something and movies are very subjective anyway. One person may not like a movie because they can't relate to it, while somebody else can. Not every movie is for everybody, and you can't please all of the people all of the time. I can read a critics review and agree with some points, and disagree with others. That doesn't make either one of us right or wrong, we just have differing views. Some people like spicy food, some people don't. Some people drink pepsi, some people drink coke. Everybodys differant, and the only person who can tell you if you like something or not is you. Thereby making a critics opinion irrelevant at the end of the day.
9:10PM on 12/26/2010
@Nite Owl - both you and Balboa6 are only looking at reviews as a pre-viewing indicator of quality but that is just one aspect of their function. I rarely read a full review BEFORE seeing a movie but generally read 5-10 afterwards as I'm digesting it.

Well written reviews can change the way a person interprets a film or simply reaffirm their own perspective. There is most definitely a value in this for anyone who enjoys cinema beyond "a two hour escape."

You both seem to argue that
@Nite Owl - both you and Balboa6 are only looking at reviews as a pre-viewing indicator of quality but that is just one aspect of their function. I rarely read a full review BEFORE seeing a movie but generally read 5-10 afterwards as I'm digesting it.

Well written reviews can change the way a person interprets a film or simply reaffirm their own perspective. There is most definitely a value in this for anyone who enjoys cinema beyond "a two hour escape."

You both seem to argue that opinions in general don't matter, which is absurd. Unless you live an entirely apathetic lifestyle, anything you see, hear, or experience will elicit some kind of emotion which will be stamped by your own personal bias.

I'm sure you both listen to friends about which movies they like or tell them the ones you didn't. If you care enough to comment on this website then you must feel your opinion matters to some degree.

What you really seem to be saying is that a stranger's opinion doesn't mean anything to you. Fair enough.
10:52PM on 12/26/2010
That's not what I'm saying at all. What I am saying is that opinions are subjective, not definitive. I read reviews of critics on occasion, sometimes I agree with their opinions, sometimes I don't. Again this has to do with opinions being subjective in nature, as everyone has their own opinions that are based on their experiences and preferances. Yes I believe opinions have value, and everyone has a right to their own but in the end its you who makes the choice to like, or not like something.
That's not what I'm saying at all. What I am saying is that opinions are subjective, not definitive. I read reviews of critics on occasion, sometimes I agree with their opinions, sometimes I don't. Again this has to do with opinions being subjective in nature, as everyone has their own opinions that are based on their experiences and preferances. Yes I believe opinions have value, and everyone has a right to their own but in the end its you who makes the choice to like, or not like something. Otherwise your just a sheep following the herd by letting others dictate your views. People can agree or disagree with our opinions if they want to, that's why they put the thumbs up, thumbs down option on each comment box. But remember were just talking about movie preferences here, there is no right or wrong opinion on whats good or bad when it comes to the arts, just what you like, or don't like. I for one like to make up my own mind about MY personal preferences, and not be told whats good, and whats bad. If you don't like a movie I do, thats fine. That's YOUR opinion and your entitled to it, and welcome to share it because thats what we do here. We express ourselves, and others can agree or disagree.

What it all boils down to is do movie critics sway opinions with their arguments, and as the box office numbers continue to prove time and time again, no they don't. Not to the casual movie goer anyway who pay for the tickets that keep Hollywood in business. The cold hard truth is Hollywood is not in the business of making art. Sometimes they do, but mostly they just manufacture, market and sell product to consumers. If that product sells they make more of it until it doesn't anymore, so get ready for Meet the Fockers 4. I'm not defending Meet the Fockers in anyway, I haven't seen it, and I don't really plan to any time soon. Thats my choice as a moviegoer, and I never said I personally was just looking for a 2 hour escape when I watch a movie. I said the general movie going audience does. We are not the general movie going audience, we are movie fans, its why were commenting on a movie site to begin with. Also I do share my opinions with my friends, and they share theres with me, but we don't always agree or even like all the same things, and we often have debates about it, but there's always respect for one another and we agree to disagree in the end because no two people ever agree on everything.
11:52PM on 12/26/2010
Nite Owl, I think you're sort of missing JD's point. We all understand opinion is subjective, as do critics, but to completely invalidate critics and their profession is ignorant in it's own right.

An event film like "Transformers 2" relies heavily on marketing and it's core fanbase alone. But there are larger studio projects like "The Tourist" or "How Do You Know" that are not known franchises or remakes that make audiences give them a second thought. When they do this, they often times turn
Nite Owl, I think you're sort of missing JD's point. We all understand opinion is subjective, as do critics, but to completely invalidate critics and their profession is ignorant in it's own right.

An event film like "Transformers 2" relies heavily on marketing and it's core fanbase alone. But there are larger studio projects like "The Tourist" or "How Do You Know" that are not known franchises or remakes that make audiences give them a second thought. When they do this, they often times turn to critics to see what they thought before spending over ten dollars to sit through it. Thus, when these things happen you have a 120 million dollar poorly reviewed name movie that bombs at the box office: "How Do You Know."

Also, most films live or die by critical reception. Do you honestly think "The Social Network" could have maintained it's performance at the box office based solely on word of mouth? No. Critical reception pushed it to almost 100 million domestic and is now pushing it to it's almost inevitable Best Picture Oscar.

What about "The Hurt Locker"? That film did average business domestically, but because of stellar reviews and critical hype, it went all the way home with the Oscar, defeating the biggest film of all time, "Avatar."

I understand both of your opinions, but I think your missing a larger point here Nite Owl. Opinions are very much subjective but just as many films rely on critical reception, if not more son, than those who do not.

There are way more Hurt Lockers than Transformers out there.
12:47AM on 12/27/2010
I gotta say, one of the many reasons I've loved JoBlo for years is that despite its members being very passionate, opinionated film geeks, they are almost always respectful of each other.

Countless website comment boards rapidly escalate into name calling and vicious negativity. Glad we were able to intelligently argue our points without being a-holes.
I gotta say, one of the many reasons I've loved JoBlo for years is that despite its members being very passionate, opinionated film geeks, they are almost always respectful of each other.

Countless website comment boards rapidly escalate into name calling and vicious negativity. Glad we were able to intelligently argue our points without being a-holes.
2:32AM on 12/27/2010
Agreed about the not acting like aholes here!
I think the main idea here is refuting critics or saying that listening to one makes you a "sheep", which I strongly disagree with. I find it hard to beleive that someone decides to see a movie solely based on their own accord EVERY time. There will be movies that will have an incredible trailer and I'm sure you could tell yourself "I think this looks good and i'm going to see it no matter what because I think it looks good not anyone else" The
Agreed about the not acting like aholes here!
I think the main idea here is refuting critics or saying that listening to one makes you a "sheep", which I strongly disagree with. I find it hard to beleive that someone decides to see a movie solely based on their own accord EVERY time. There will be movies that will have an incredible trailer and I'm sure you could tell yourself "I think this looks good and i'm going to see it no matter what because I think it looks good not anyone else" The thing is for example the Trailer for The Tourist came out and I thought it looked pretty intriguing...then the reviews came out and I didn't know for sure anymore? My mother came to visit and she has vacationed in Venice before and really wanted to see it and thought it looked good...she fell asleep and quite frankly didn't miss much! Do I listen to critics? Fuck Ya! Are they always right? Fuck no!
2:53AM on 12/27/2010
I feel that everyone is only looking at one aspect of a critic's job. First off, for the more casual viewer, they are a good way of finding out if a particular movie seems like it might be good for them.

Second, and perhaps, more importantly, to help the film buffs see things from a different perspective, and make them rethink this or that aspect of a film- case in point EW's review of "The Black Swan", which I read after seeing it- it called the film (paraphrase) a "pulpy thriller, but a well
I feel that everyone is only looking at one aspect of a critic's job. First off, for the more casual viewer, they are a good way of finding out if a particular movie seems like it might be good for them.

Second, and perhaps, more importantly, to help the film buffs see things from a different perspective, and make them rethink this or that aspect of a film- case in point EW's review of "The Black Swan", which I read after seeing it- it called the film (paraphrase) a "pulpy thriller, but a well done one", and it's true. The differnce, I don't find being "pulpy" a bad thing, they did (their rating B+, mine A+). I'm not sure if I would have seen the film in that light without that review, and that's a good thing.
3:37AM on 12/27/2010
To clear it up, I never said anyone was a sheep if they listened to a critic. What I meant was if you allow a critics opinion to be yours without making your own judgement on it then your just following the herd. My point was that in terms of how a movie does at the box office has nothing to do with critics opinions. Little Fockers got terrible reviews, but as you can see it didn't hurt it one bit from making money. Again were movie fans so we read reviews, but the audience that went to see
To clear it up, I never said anyone was a sheep if they listened to a critic. What I meant was if you allow a critics opinion to be yours without making your own judgement on it then your just following the herd. My point was that in terms of how a movie does at the box office has nothing to do with critics opinions. Little Fockers got terrible reviews, but as you can see it didn't hurt it one bit from making money. Again were movie fans so we read reviews, but the audience that went to see Little Fockers this weekend did not. They saw the preview on TV and said, "I liked the first two" and they decided to see this one. Critics opinions never crossed their minds. I'm not trying to invalidate critics, or their profession, just stating the truth. In the eyes of the general going movie public, movie critics are seen as cramudgeonly stuff shirts who hate everything fun, like Jay Sherman from The Critic.

A critic is just a person with an opinion, if he's a good critic its an educated opinion, but an opinion nonetheless, and like I said before opinions are subjective, so the only opinion that really matters in the end is your own. That doesn't mean you can't pool opinions to get a general consensus on something, but the final say on if you like it or not has to come from you, and in order to form that opinion you have to see the movie, good or bad for yourself before judging it. Can a good review make you see a movie in a new way, sure. Will it make you hate a movie you love, or love a movie you hate, I don't think so, but thats just me. But Like I said were movie fans, and the general audience doesn't care what critics have to say, nor do they bother to find out before, or after seeing a movie.

If a critics job is to help the movie going public determine what to see, or what not to see with their "See It" "Skip It" reviews, their just wasting their time because the general public isn't listening to them at all. The average movie goer does not care about the Oscars, the ratings show that, and they don't go see something because "critics agree" its the best movie of the year. Give them a flashy trailer, with some quick oneliners and you got yourself a #1 movie on opening weekend, thats the truth. Micheal Bay movies get terrible reviews, but they make shitloads of money so he's gets the 100 million dollar budgets to work with. Marketing sells movies, not critical response. Good reviews are incidental, and just become part of the marketing campain. A nice quote to put on a DVD box, or in a commercial. If its a really good quote it gets the BIG FONT on the front cover of the DVD box.
9:23AM on 12/27/2010
you seem to believe Little Fockers is a hit... It's not! OK it's not aflop but compared to the the second one, the numbers say it all: Fockers 2 made 70M$ in 5 days, Fockers 3 made 48M$, and nearly half in attendance... So YES it made money (more than it deserved), but in no way is this a hit.
you seem to believe Little Fockers is a hit... It's not! OK it's not aflop but compared to the the second one, the numbers say it all: Fockers 2 made 70M$ in 5 days, Fockers 3 made 48M$, and nearly half in attendance... So YES it made money (more than it deserved), but in no way is this a hit.
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